Some of the best in the literary business gather this weekend to celebrate The Black Book Affair. And that's just one of the many celebrations worth checking out this weekend:
The Black Affair
Nov. 22 to Nov 24.
918 Bathurst St.
This celebration of African-Canadian and Caribbean-Canadian authors will showcase talent such as Althea Prince, Gayle Gonsalves and Christene Brown. Meanwhile, My People Awards will shine a light on the work by luminaries such as George Elliot Clarke.
For more information, check out the A Different Booklist website.
Opening: New Outdoor Rink
Greenwood Park (Gerrard Street East at Alton)
Weather permitting, Toronto's first covered outdoor rink opens this weekend. To celebrate, there's a ribbon cutting ceremony, a hockey skills competition and the season's first skate.
For more information, check out the City Rinks Wiki webpage.
You can also find out more information about the rink's grand opening here.
Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits. The rink is now open, and skating is FREE!
SWEA Toronto Christmas Festival
Nov. 23 to Nov. 24
Join the festive entertainment with two shows daily featuring the renowned Lucia pageant – a procession of children singing traditional Swedish Christmas carols. Lucia is the symbol of goodness and light that opens the Christmas season. Other entertainment includes traditional folk dancing, children's crafts, dancing around the Christmas tree and more.
For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.
Nov. 22 (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
David Pecaut Square/St Clement-Yonge Parkette
Nov. 21 to Nov. 24
Check out Leslieville's first street hockey tournament and go gnome hunting! What is gnome hunting, you ask? Check out the WanderlustGnome Twitter feed.
For more information on Leslieville Wanderlust, check out the Facebook page.
Nov. 16 to Dec 26. (Weekends only)
1093 Queen St. W.
It's hard to be a vendor in Toronto right now, say the people behind this new initiative. "It’s cold outside, you have to piece together a complex patchwork of markets around the province, which requires a (preferably large) vehicle." Ergo Vendor Queens — a new space for designers, collectors, performers, and creative people to come together and nourish entrepreneurial ideas until conception and proudly present and sell their work.
For more information, go to the Vendor Queens website.
In Concert: Sur Music Festival
Nov. 23 to Nov. 24
The Guvernment Complex/Koolhaus
Musiq Soulchild will be among the performers at this celebration of soul and soca. He recently announced his new role as an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise, a movement designed to further engage black women around the globe in the fight against breast cancer. For more information on the festival, check out the Sur Music Festival website.